Animal Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Work done by the Government:

1.    An Animal Welfare Act has been legislated in various countries, including the US, to protect the welfare of animals. The AWA requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. Individuals who operate facilities in these categories must provide their animals with adequate care and treatment in the areas of housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, water, veterinary care, and protection from extreme weather and temperatures. Although Federal requirements establish acceptable standards, they are not ideal. Regulated businesses are encouraged to exceed the specified minimum standards.

2.    According to the Humane Slaughter Act, animals should be stunned into unconsciousness prior to their slaughter to ensure a quick, relatively painless death. The most common methods are electrocution and C02 stunning for swine and captive bolt stunning for cattle, sheep, and goats. Frequent on-site monitoring is necessary, as is the employment of skilled and well-trained personnel.

An animal is considered properly stunned when there is no "righting reflex"; that is, the animal must not try to stand up and right itself. Only then can it be considered fully unconscious. It can then proceed down the line, where slaughterhouse workers commence in cutting up its body.

The following bills are being considered:

       H. R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act: This bill would prohibit the trade and transport of live horses intended for human consumption.H.R. 661

      Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act: This bill would prohibit U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors at slaughterhouses from approving meat from "downed" cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, mules and other equines — these are animals that have become too sick or injured to stand or walk on their own. The bill also requires immediate humane euthanasia for any animal that goes down.

   

Criticism of the laws made by the government:

1.      Exclusionary policies: The Humane Slaughter Act is criticized by animal rights advocates and the Humane Society of the United States for only including cattle, pigs, and sheep but not poultry, fish, rabbits or other animals routinely slaughtered for food.

2.      Failure to enforce: Additional criticism exists in the USDA's failure to enforce the HMSLA effectively. Arthur Hughes, president of the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals, has stated that, “We are the people who are charged by Congress with enforcing [the HMLSA], but most of our inspectors have little to no access to those areas of the plants where animals are being handled and slaughtered.".

3.      Inadequacy: The HMSLA is also criticized because, despite being the only U.S. law designed to protect livestock, it only focuses on the last few minutes of animals' lives and has no effect on how they are treated beforehand, even as they are going to slaughter.

However, despite this recent recognition by one in the U.S. Senate, the United States is still far behind in enacting animal protection legislation. To this day, billions of animals suffer annually at the hands of human beings in the agricultural industry alone. They are confined, starved, branded, castrated, beaten, and skinned alive only to put dinner on our plates. Their millions of brothers and sisters in the cosmetic and medical testing industries are poisoned, burned, blinded, infected and left alone in their misery so that we can obtain make-up and cures to the ailments we bring upon ourselves through unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, over-medication and stressful lifestyles. Animals are capable of feeling emotions and pain. Yet, despite the widely recognized fact that nonhuman animals are sentient creatures, nothing is being done to protect them.

The United States needs to get its act in gear and recognize that Gandhi was correct when he said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Animal Cruelty in the News- KFC

  1. Chicken’s beaks are cut off, which can be compared to having the tips of our fingers cut.
  2. Legs and wings break when chickens are thrown into crates and shackles.
  3. Throats are slit are still alive when put into boiling water for feather removal.
  4. At KFC “Supplier of the Year” Slaughter House in West Virginia, employees were filmed tearing heads off live birds, spitting tobacco in their eyes, spray painting their faces, and stomping on them.
  5. KFC has yet to make any effort to change their procedure.
  6. To urge KFC to adopt the Animal Care Standards Program, which would lower the amount of ammonia in the factory farms, improve the chicken’s living spaces and prohibit starving, visit http://kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/g-pinkpetition.asp.
  7. The picture alongside shows chicks right before they are killed. More than half of them do not survive because of the way they are 'transported' from one place to another.

For other animal cruelty related news please visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/


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